Roy Grace

14 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 11,422 ratings

Dead Simple Summary

It was meant to be a harmless stag-night prank. A few hours later Michael Harrison has disappeared, and his friends are dead.

With only three days to the wedding, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace - a man haunted by the shadow of his own missing wife - is contacted by Michael's beautiful, distraught fiancée, Ashley Harper.

Grace discovers that the one man who ought to know Michael Harrison's whereabouts is saying nothing. But then he has a lot more to gain than anyone realizes, for one man's disaster is another man's fortune....

Dead Simple is the stunning first novel in the number-one best-selling Roy Grace series from award-winning author Peter James.

©2016 Peter James (P)2016 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
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  • Book 1

    • Dead Simple

    • Roy Grace, Book 1
    • By: Peter James
    • Narrated by: Tim Bruce
    • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 782
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 714
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 716

    It was meant to be a harmless stag-night prank. A few hours later Michael Harrison has disappeared, and his friends are dead. With only three days to the wedding, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace - a man haunted by the shadow of his own missing wife - is contacted by Michael's beautiful, distraught fiancée, Ashley Harper. Grace discovers that the one man who ought to know Michael Harrison's whereabouts is saying nothing.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • LOVED it!

    • By Keetz on 31-03-16

    Regular price: £25.99

  • Book 2

    • Looking Good Dead

    • Roy Grace, Book 2
    • By: Peter James
    • Narrated by: David Thorpe
    • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 423
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 386
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 381

    One single act of kindness becomes an endless reign of terror...Tom Bryce did what any decent person would do. But within hours of picking up the CD that had been left behind on the train seat next to him, and attempting to return it to its owner, he is the sole witness to a vicious murder. Then his young family are threatened with their lives if he goes to the police. But supported by his wife, Kellie, he bravely makes a statement to the murder enquiry team headed by Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, a man with demons of his own to contend with.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • As good as the first, but different.

    • By Simon on 31-08-15

    Regular price: £27.99

  • Book 3

    • Not Dead Enough

    • Roy Grace, Book 3
    • By: Peter James
    • Narrated by: David Bauckham
    • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,048
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 681
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 678

    Appearances can be deceptive; but the truth is a dangerous thing.... On the night Brian Bishop murdered his wife he was sixty miles away, asleep in bed at the time. At least that's the way it looks to Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, who is called in to investigate the kinky slaying of beautiful socialite, Katie Bishop. Roy Grace soon starts coming to the conclusion that Bishop has performed the apparently impossible feat of being in two places at once.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Not Dead Enough

    • By Naomi on 06-04-08

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  • Book 4

    • Dead Man's Footsteps

    • Roy Grace, Book 4
    • By: Peter James
    • Narrated by: David Bauckham
    • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,015
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 774
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 771

    From the ashes of mass destruction.... Amid the tragic unfolding mayhem of the morning of 9/11, failed Brighton businessman and ne'er-do-well Ronnie Wilson sees the chance of a lifeline: to shed his debts, disappear and reinvent himself in another country.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • brilliant suspense and intrigue

    • By r on 06-10-08

    Regular price: £27.99

  • Book 5

    • Dead Tomorrow

    • Roy Grace, Book 5
    • By: Peter James
    • Narrated by: David Bauckham
    • Length: 17 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 735
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 537
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 533

    In an evil world, everything is for sale.... The body of a missing teenager is dredged from the seabed off the Sussex coast, missing vital organs. Soon after, a further two more bodies are found.... Caitlin Beckett, a 15 year old in Brighton will die if she does not receive an urgent transplant. When the health system threatens to let her down her mother takes drastic action and goes to an online broker in black-market organs. The broker can provide what she wants, but it will come at a price.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best one yet....

    • By Sharon on 29-12-09

    Regular price: £27.99

  • Book 6

    • Dead Like You

    • Roy Grace, Book 6
    • By: Peter James
    • Narrated by: David Bauckham
    • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 817
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 505
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 504

    Don't imagine for one moment that I'm not watching you.... The Metropole Hotel, Brighton. After a heady New Year's Eve ball, a woman is brutally raped as she returns to her room. A week later, another woman is attacked. Both victims' shoes are taken by the offender.... Detective Superintendent Roy Grace soon realises that these new cases bear remarkable similarities to an unsolved series of crimes in the city back in 1997.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • GREAT STORY

    • By Pamela on 02-10-10

    Regular price: £27.99

  • Book 7

    • Dead Man's Grip

    • Roy Grace, Book 7
    • By: Peter James
    • Narrated by: Jamie Glover
    • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 786
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 498
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 503

    I want them to suffer, and I want them dead.... Carly Chase is traumatised 10 days after being in a fatal traffic accident which kills a teenage student from Brighton university. Then she receives news that turns her entire world into a living nightmare. The drivers of the other two vehicles involved have been found tortured and murdered. Now Detective Superintendant Roy Grace of the Sussex Police force issues a stark and urgent warning to Carly: She could be next.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant crime

    • By Michelle on 01-07-11

    Regular price: £25.99

  • Book 8

    • Not Dead Yet

    • Roy Grace, Book 8
    • By: Peter James
    • Narrated by: William Gaminara
    • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 565
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 396
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 392

    For LA producer Larry Brooker, this is the movie that could bring the fortune that has so long eluded him.... For rock superstar, Gaia, desperate to be taken seriously as an actor, this is the role that could get her an Oscar nomination.... For the City of Brighton and Hove, the publicity value of a major Hollywood movie being filmed on location, about the city's greatest love story - between King George IV and Maria Fitzherbert - is incalculable.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Bit disappointing

    • By sarahmoose2000 on 20-06-12

    Regular price: £25.99

  • Book 9

    • Dead Man's Time

    • Roy Grace, Book 9
    • By: Peter James
    • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 770
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 674
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 663

    Some will wait a lifetime to take their revenge.... A vicious robbery at a secluded Brighton mansion leaves its elderly occupant dying. And millions of pounds' worth of valuables have been taken. But, as Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, heading the enquiry, rapidly learns, there is one priceless item of sentimental value that the old woman's powerful family cherish above all else. And they are fully prepared to take the law into their own hands, and will do anything, absolutely anything, to get it back.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A return to great form with an engrossing story

    • By Kirstine on 19-06-13

    Regular price: £25.99

  • Book 10

    • Want You Dead

    • Roy Grace, Book 10
    • By: Peter James
    • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 833
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 765
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 768

    Virtual romance becomes a terrifying obsession in Peter James' tenth Roy Grace novel, Want You Dead.... Single girl, 29, smouldering redhead, love life that's crashed and burned. Seeks new flame to rekindle her fire. Fun, friendship and - who knows - maybe more? When Red Westwood meets handsome, charming and rich Bryce Laurent through an online dating agency, there is an instant attraction. But as their love blossoms, the truth about his past, and his dark side, begins to emerge.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Very disappointing

    • By Mrs on 19-06-14

    Regular price: £25.99

  • Book 11

    • You Are Dead

    • Roy Grace, Book 11
    • By: Peter James
    • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,167
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,073
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,068

    You are Dead is the 11th thrilling crime novel in Peter James' Roy Grace series, narrated by Daniel Weyman. They were marked for death. The last words Jamie Ball hears from his fiancée, Logan Somerville, are in a terrified mobile phone call. She has just driven into the underground car park beneath the block of flats where they live in Brighton. Then she screams and the phone goes dead.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another fantastic read!

    • By Liane on 31-05-15

    Regular price: £25.99

  • Book 12

    • Love You Dead

    • Roy Grace, Book 12
    • By: Peter James
    • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,151
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,050

    An ugly duckling as a child, Jodie Bentley had two dreams in life - to be beautiful and rich. She's achieved the first, with a little help from a plastic surgeon, and now she's working hard on the second. Her philosophy on money is simple: you can either earn it or marry it. Marrying is easy; it's getting rid of the husband afterwards that's harder. That takes real skill. But hey, practice makes perfect....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another engrossing Roy Grace story

    • By Bibiqueue on 31-05-16

    Regular price: £25.99

  • Book 13

    • Need You Dead

    • Roy Grace, Book 13
    • By: Peter James
    • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,137
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,049
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,045

    Lorna Belling, desperate to escape her marriage from hell, falls for the charms of another man who promises her the earth. But, as Lorna finds, life seldom follows the plans you've made. A chance photograph on a client's mobile phone changes everything for her. When the body of a woman is found in a bath in Brighton, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called to the scene.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A good read

    • By Boysie on 09-12-17

    Regular price: £27.99

  • Book 14

    • Dead If You Don't

    • By: Peter James
    • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 193
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 187
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 185

    Roy Grace, creation of the CWA Diamond Dagger award-winning author Peter James, faces his most complex case yet in Dead If You Don't. Shortly after Kipp Brown and his teenage son, Mungo, arrive at the Amex stadium for their team's biggest-ever football game, Mungo disappears. A short while later Kipp receives a text with a ransom demand and a warning not to go to the police if he and his wife want to see their son alive again.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Action Man Grace!

    • By Simon on 18-05-18

    Regular price: £27.99